League of Legends Champion Gangplank Gangplank is in the a tier of champions


Gangplank is a fighter Role fighter
Difficulty Hard
Power Spike Late-Game
Trial by Fire ability p
Parrrley ability q
Remove Scurvy ability w
Powder Keg ability e
Cannon Barrage ability r

Gangplank Build

based on 43,193 matches
Win Rate
47.8 %
Pick Rate
6.7 %
Ban Rate
6.8 %

How We Come Up with Our Gangplank Builds

We process over 1 Million League of Legends games every day to bring you the most accurate Gangplank build so you can destroy your enemies and improve you win rate. We've broken down our Gangplank builds by rank, position, and enemy team type, so you can find the most accurate set of Gangplank core items and runes for any situation.

Gangplank Build Summary

Gangplank is a a not very good top lane champ in League of Legends. His best rune sets are Inspiration Resolve. Including the selected runes shown below in your Gangplank build will give you the additional stats to help him play well through the laning phase of the game and into the late game. You should start by leveling up his q ability first.

Best Build for Gangplank


Starter Items

Time Target
Health PotionCorrupting Potion

Early Items

~5 Mins
Cloak of AgilityCaulfield's Warhammer

Core Gangplank Items

~22 Mins
Prowler's ClawGuardian AngelEssence ReaverIonian Boots of Lucidity

Optional Items

Navori QuickbladesHullbreakerInfinity EdgeYoumuu's Ghostblade

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonerdot summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Gangplank to level up q
Second ability for Gangplank to level up e
Last skill for Gangplank to max out w


Inspiration First Strike Magical FootwearFuture's MarketCosmic Insight
Resolve Bone PlatingOvergrowth
Adaptive Adaptive MagicRes
Gangplank's passive ability p
Gangplank q ability q
Gangplank w ability w
Gangplank e ability e
Gangplank's ultimate ability r

Gangplank Matchups Overview

More Gameplay Tips for Gangplank Players

Tips and Tricks

Have your allies tell you when there are enemies at low health so you can use Cannon Barrage from afar.

Powder Keg can be used to split push in certain situations.

Gangplank FAQs

Q: Is AP Gangplank viable? Is AP or AD Gangplank better?

A: AP Gangplank is very viable. If you build Gangplank to be AP focused, you will need to build the <a href="/item/3100/" target="_blank">Lich Bane item</a> early on. It will increase your Q damage significantly. AP Gangplank does two things very well. He is able to heal for a very large amount of health, which makes him able to split-push and solo better than AD gangplank. Additionally, his Ult will deal a lot more damage, which is great in late-game teamfights. You need a lot of items to make AP Gangplank powerful. AP Gangplank is more of a late-game build than an early game one. AD Gangplank is still of course very viable and is strong at all phases of the match. If you are new to GP, we recommend you stick with an AD Gangplank build until you are skilled with him.

Q: When should I use my global Ult?

A: Gangplanks Ult is a great tool to provide support to other lanes, especially from levels 6-10. During this phase of the game, it deals only minimal damage, but it has a powerful slowing effect. This slow can help other lanes escape or chase down other champions to get kills. Unless you need your Ult to finish off an enemy, save it to support your allies.

Q: What is Gangplank's greatest strength?

A: Gangplanks greatest strength is likely his ability to increase his gold revenue from minions he executes with his Q. Farming in lane, he is able to stack up a large horde that will help propel him into a powerful champion in the late game.

Q: What is GP's greatest strength?

A: Gangplank is a hard champion to snowball the enemy team with. He has a lot of good counters to other champs that make it difficult to be counter picked, such as his healing ability and Ult + slow; however, he doesn’t have any one overwhelming ability or tactic that can be used to easily dominate the whole battlefield. Gangplank is often a safe pick who can provide great team fighting and split-pushing potential. However, don't expect to carry the whole game alone with him.

Additional Gangplank Build Insights

League of Legends Gangplank players may find him to be a dynamic champion to build out properly. You will see that his build changes when he is fighting either generic or specialized team compositions, demonstrating you shouldn't follow the same Gangplank build every round of League of Legends

The most essential items to incorporate into your champ's build are: Prowler's Claw, Guardian Angel, and Essence Reaver. Players who included these pieces in their gear had a better win rate than those who used other Gangplank builds. Likewise, if you are facing a mixed enemy team comp, you should really consider grabbing yourself the Inspiration, and Resolve runes. In recent matches, he won the largest number of his matches when using these runes.

We calculated our Gangplank build guidance by examining 43,193 recently ranked League of Legends games with him selected. We only advise the top winrate Gangplank builds that were used by ranked players enough times for us to suggest them. With so many matches in our dataset, we are very confident in our provided builds.